Our students come from varying backgrounds and experiences. From year to year, our student body is comprised of business professionals, engineers, financial analysts, journalists, lawyers, military officers, and teachers. We regularly welcome participants of academic and professional programs such as AmeriCorps, Fulbright, JET, Peace Corps, Pickering, Rangel, McNair, Truman, and PPIA.

Fall 2018 Statistics

MSFS normally receives 700-900 applications and admits approximately thirty to forty per cent of applicants. The average scores and characteristics of students admitted for Fall 2018 include:

  • GRE Quantitative: 157 (65%)
  • GRE Analytical Writing: 4.8 (85%)
  • TOEFL: 108 (Internet-based)
  • IELTS: 7.5
  • Average Age Entering the Program: 26.7
  • Average Amount of Work Experience: 4.1 years
  • Gender:
    • Male (51%)
    • Female (49%)

Enrolling Class Profiles

Class of 2020

The class of 2020 came from countries around the world, including Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Morocco, and Spain, to begin their journey as MSFS students. Comprised of lawyers, teachers, policy analysts, consultants, journalists, Teach for America and JET Program alumni, 5 Rangel fellows, 4 Pickering fellows, 9 Peace Corps volunteers, 8 Phi Beta Kappa awardees, and 14 active duty service members, veterans, or military dependents, this cohort embodies both personal and professional diversity.

The average age of the student body is 26. International students make up 23% of the class, and 31% of U.S. citizen and permanent resident students who reported ethnicity represent a U.S. minority. Students claiming dual citizenship with the U.S. and another country were counted as U.S. citizens in these statistics.

Class of 2018

The class of 2018 is comprised of citizens from around the world, including countries like Argentina, The Dominican Republic, Ghana, Japan, Lebanon, and Taiwan. Our new class includes teachers, banking and investment experts, active-duty officers and military veterans, government professionals, journalists, a Medical Doctor who worked in West Africa during the Ebola crisis, and a freelance photographer whose work was featured in Time and The New York Times. It also contains Fulbright fellows, Peace Corps returnees, Boren scholars, Teach for America and Teach for China alumni, Phi Beta Kappa awardees, 1 Pickering Fellow, and 4 Rangel Fellows.

The average age of the enrolled student body is 26. International students make up 26% of the class and 32% of U.S. citizens and permanent resident students who reported ethnicity identify with an American minority group. Students claiming dual citizenship with the U.S. and another country were counted as U.S citizens.

Class of 2017

The class of 2017 is comprised of citizens from around the world, including Argentina, Denmark, Senegal, and Thailand. Teachers, banking and investment experts, active duty officers and military veterans, government professionals, and journalists comprise this group. It also includes Fulbright fellows, Peace Corps and AmeriCorps returnees, Boren scholars, JET participants, Teach for China alumni, Phi Beta Kappa awardees, 5 Pickering fellows, 3 Rangel fellows, and a McNair scholar.

The average age of the enrolled student body is 26.5. International students make up 27% of the class and 28% of U.S. citizens and permanent resident students who reported ethnicity represent a U.S. minority. Students claiming dual citizenship with the U.S. and another country were counted as U.S citizens in these statistics.

Class of 2016

The class of 2016 has come from across the globe, including countries such as Indonesia, Kenya, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia, to join the MSFS program. Comprised of lawyers, teachers, bankers, military officers, journalists, a former professional ballet dancer, 19 Fulbright fellows, 6 Peace Corps volunteers, 7 Phi Beta Kappa awardees, and 2 Pickering and 4 Rangel fellows, this cohort embodies diversity both personally and professionally.

The average age of the enrolled student body is 26.. International students make up 37% of the class, and 39% of U.S. citizens and permanent resident students who reported ethnicity represent a U.S. minority. Students claiming dual citizenship with the U.S. and another country were counted as U.S citizens in these statistics.

International Countries Represented

2018

2016

2015

2014

  • Brazil
  • *Canada
  • *China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • *France
  • *Germany
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • *South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Argentina
  • Bulgaria
  • *China
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • *Italy
  • *Japan
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • *Mexico
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • *China
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • *India
  • Indonesia
  • *Japan
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Korea
  • *Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Canada
  • *China
  • Croatia
  • *France
  • *Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • *Japan
  • Kenya
  • *Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • *Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • *Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
23% international26% international27% international37% international

Numbers do not include dual citizens of the U.S. and another country
* indicates more than one enrolling student

Self-Declared Data on Ethnic Diversity

Group2018201620152014
African American5%7%5%12%
Asian/Pacific American9%7%12%12%
Hispanic5%13%5%5%
Native American/Alaska Native0%1%0%1%
Multiple12%4%6%9%
TOTAL31%32%28%39%